A long walk in Belgrade

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After a few days of exploring Serbia, I finally got to Belgrade. To be honest I didn’t have high expectations, but I was wrong.

This is the second part of my article about my road trip in Serbia. If you want to check the first part, click here. Now that you know the full story, let’s find out more about what happened in Belgrade.

Cathedral of Saint Sava

My accommodation was very close to the Cathedral of Saint Sava, which is the largest Orthodox church in south-eastern Europe, and one of the largest Orthodox churches in the world. It has 70 meters in height (82 meters adding the cross on the top of the dome). The cathedral’s architectural style is Serbian-Byzantine, but the interiors are not yet finished.

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Saint Sava Cathedral

 

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Front view of Saint Sava Cathedral

Belgrade city center

After almost half an hour of staring at the huge cathedral, I went towards the city center. What I noticed is that Belgrade is a pretty clean city (at least compared to other East European cities). Also, I’ve noticed that the buildings have beautiful facades, that are well maintained and taken care of.

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Massive Serbian building along the main boulevard

 

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V-shaped office building

The center’s pedestrian zone looks like this:

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Pedestrian zone in the center of Belgrade

 

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The end of the pedestrian zone

Belgrade Fortress

Don’t be disappointed that the pedestrian zone ends. If you look further, you will see a tower in the distance. That is Belgrade Fortress and consists of Kalemegdan Park and the old citadel. There is no entrance fee to walk inside the fortress walls, and it’s open 24/7. It had a troubled history so far, with many invasions, sieges, repeated destruction and conquests.

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The entrance in Belgrade Fortress

 

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Stambol Gate and the Clock Tower

 

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Exhibition of cannons

 

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Ruins inside the fortress

The fortress is situated on the confluence of River Sava and Danube and offers a beautiful view of the New Belgrade (Novi Beograde). There, you can also see one of the most famous landmarks of the city: “The Victor” monument. It is 14 meters high and commemorates Serbia’s victories during the Balkan Wars and WWI.

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“The Victor” monument

Even if one of my biggest wishes was to visit Nikola Tesla Museum, I couldn’t make it. But I promise to come back and see it someday.

There would be much more to say about Serbia, but all in all it was a unique experience. What about you? Have you ever visited it or would you want to? Comment below and let me know.

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